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Before Writing: Rethinking the Paths to Literacy Hardcover – January 3, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0415138048 ISBN-10: 0415138043

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'A call for a fundamental change in education. Provocatively, he defines school as a place where teachers insist the world can only be known through the abstractions of written language. His book shows the fascinating ways in which children express and exchange meaning on their progress to literacy.' - New Scientist

'Before Writing has radical implications both for linguistic theory and for educational practice. It calls into question the accepted focus on written language as a privileged system of representation.' - Journal of Sociolinguistics

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